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Centennial Symphony Orchestra

Centennial Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Andersen Tyrer stands in front of members of the Centennial Symphony Orchestra, which was established by the government in 1939. Cultural activities were an important focus for public patronage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of New Zealand as a nation. The precedent established in the centennial led, after the Second World War, to more government support for cultural activities on a long-term basis. This included a national orchestra, which was established in 1947 – with Tyrer once more as the conductor.

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Reference: William Renwick, ed., Creating a national spirit: celebrating New Zealand's centennial. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2004, p. 240

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Jock Phillips, 'Arts and the nation - The nation accepts the arts, 1940 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014